Evaluation of screening tests for predicting older driver performance and safety assessed by an on-road test

Joanne M. Wood*, Mark S. Horswill, Philippe F. Lacherez, Kaarin J. Anstey

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    Abstract

    A number of tests and test batteries are available for the prediction of older driver safety, but many of these have not been validated against standardized driving outcome measures. The aim of this study was to evaluate a series of previously described screening tests in terms of their ability to predict the potential for safe and unsafe driving. Participants included 79 community-dwelling older drivers (M = 72.16 years, SD = 5.46; range 65-88 years; 57 males and 22 females) who completed a previously validated multi-disciplinary driving assessment, a hazard perception test, a hazard change detection test and a battery of vision and cognitive tests. Participants also completed a standardized on-road driving assessment. The multi-disciplinary test battery had the highest predictive ability with a sensitivity of 80% and a specificity of 73%, followed by the hazard perception test which demonstrated a sensitivity of 75% and a specificity of 61%. These findings suggest that a relatively simple and practical battery of tests from a range of domains has the capacity to predict safe and unsafe driving in older adults.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1161-1168
    Number of pages8
    JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
    Volume50
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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